The Cat Fanciers’ Association Announces Most Popular Breeds for 2017

March 26, 2018

The Exotic Breed Takes Top Spot for Fourth Year

Pictured: CFA's Best Exotic for 2017, GC, BWC, NW Love'Baby's Yuanyuan, a brown tabby male, bred and owned by Zhenyi Qin.

Busy cat owners who like the look of a Persian, but don’t have time for daily grooming sessions, have made the Exotic the most popular cat breed according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) registration statistics. The Exotic is bred to meet the Persian standard in every way with one very special exception: the coat. The thick, plush, short coat gives the Exotic a soft, rounded, teddy bear look.

Coming in as the second most favorite cat in registration is the Ragdoll, which is a particular favorite at the shows in China. A relatively new breed for CFA, the Ragdoll is a large, semi-longhaired cat with a reputation for being laid back and relaxed.

Rounding out the top three most popular breeds in CFA – according to overall registrations – is the British Shorthair.

Rankings below are based on registration totals for the period January 1 - December 31, 2017.

Pictured: CFA's Best Ragdoll for 2017, GC, BWC, NW L'Clover King Kuma of Crystal_Doll, a blue lynx point & white male, bred by Shazhou Luo and Jun Hyungu and owned by Shazhou Luo and Xiao Yu.

1   Exotic
2   Ragdoll
3   British Shorthair
4   Persian
5   Maine Coon Cat
6   American Shorthair
7   Scottish Fold
8   Sphynx
9   Devon Rex
10   Abyssinian
11   Oriental
12   Siamese
13   Cornish Rex
14   Norwegian Forest Cat
15   Siberian
16   Birman
17   Russian Blue
18   Bengal
19   Tonkinese
20   Burmese
21   Ocicat
22   American Curl
23   Selkirk Rex
24   Japanese Bobtail
25   Egyptian Mau
26   RagaMuffin
27   Somali
28   Balinese/Javanese
29   Manx
30   Singapura
31   Bombay
32   Colorpoint Shorthair
33   Turkish Angora
34   American Bobtail
35   European Burmese
36   Chartreux
37   Korat
38   Havana Brown
39   Burmilla
40   LaPerm
41   Turkish Van
42   American Wirehair

Pictured: CFA's Best British Shorthair for 2017, GC, BWC, NW Woollencat Huhu Monkey of Qing Tian, a blue male, bred by Amanda Cheng and Chang Qu Fu and owned by Fu Changqi.

Pictured: CFA's Best Persian for 2017, GC, BWR, NW Velvetkist Designer Genes, a cream & white male, bred and owned by Noralyn Heisig.

Pictured: CFA's Best Maine Coon Cat for 2017, GC, BWC, NW Qing Tian's Sandy, a brown tabby & white male, bred and owned by Shi Mingju.


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